One Less Circuit Court Case Reviewing State Alcohol Laws – 10th Circuit Appeal Withdrawn

The Plaintiffs challenging Wyoming state alcohol laws in the 10th Circuit voluntarily withdrew their appeal ending their challenge. Phoenix Vineyards operated a form of “winery Tupperware party” where their representatives would visit houses and drum up support for their wines.  The state of Wyoming noted that this sounded very much like a sale requiring a…Read More

State Attorneys General Call For End to Illegal Alcohol Sales Online

46 State Attorneys General have weighed in with letters to Facebook, Craigslist, and Ebay asking them to take more steps to prevent the illegal sale of alcohol on their platforms. Unlicensed sales risk great harm to public health, alcohol company brands, tax collection and are a growing concern with the growth of counterfeit and fake…Read More

Oral Argument in Mississippi Illegal Shipping Case Moved to January 15, 2020

The Mississippi Supreme Court has agreed to delay oral arguments for the Wine Express case related to unauthorized sales of alcohol and personal jurisdiction.  Oral arguments will now be held January 15, 2020. (previous post)   Briefing Complete in Mississippi Supreme Court for Illegal Shipping Matter The state of Mississippi filed its reply brief in their…Read More

California Attorney General Moves Again to Dismiss Orion’s Amended Complaint

The California Attorney General has filed a motion to dismiss the Orion plaintiffs’ third amended complaint.  A link to the motion is here.  The case is noticed for hearing on November 22. The exasperated state once again moves to dismiss this complaint and notes that the amended complaint still doesn’t state a claim surviving a…Read More

9th Circuit Vacates Arbitration Award Relating to Monster Termination of Washington State Beer Distributor

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued an opinion with important guidance to help preserve the integrity of the arbitration process.  The case arose out of a termination by Monster Energy Company (Monster) of a Washington distributorship owned by City Beverages, LLC (Olympic Eagle).  Olympic Eagle contended that the termination violated the Washington Franchise Investment…Read More